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The Clock is Has Running Down! Help the Chicago Bears Help the ATC!


(May 28, 2019) The NFC North title titleholders, the Chicago Bears, are asking for your help to help the ATC—but time on the clock is running down!

As part of the celebration of the Bears’ 100th season, the team is hoping to find non-profit organizations around Chicagoland and Illinois that matter most to Bears’ fans. During the upcoming season, the Bears will recognize 10 Community All-Pros organizations by awarding each a $100,000 grant, a totaling of $1 million in donations!

Community All-Pros are non-profit organizations that continue to make a positive impact on the Chicagoland area and the state of Illinois in a variety of ways. The ATC is a perfect fit for this type of organization, helping those who are in need of many of life’s basic products! Imagine what the ATC could do for area residents with a $100,000 award from the Bears!

Here’s the Big Play:

Go to the Chicago Bears Community All-Pros webpage at https://www.chicagobears.com/community/all-pros.

Scroll down the page a bit until you see the section labeled “Fans” and click on the red button saying “Click here….”

Fill in the few fields of information (enter the contact name “Lisa Fisher” and her email address, lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org) and then throw your touchdown pass to the Bears by clicking the Submit button!

That’s all you have to do BUT consider this your two-minute warning as TIME ON THE CLOCK IS RUNNING OUT! We have only until this Friday, May 31 to let the Bears know about the ATC and the work we are doing. So Bear Down, get over to the Bears Community All-Pros webpage, fill out the information, and score a touchdown for the ATC! It could make a world of difference for an organization that has a real and immediate impact on the residents of northern Illinois and beyond—the Antioch Traveling Closet!

Remember: Entries end on Friday, May 31 and the clock is ticking and we have no time-outs remaining! Get off the bench, get in the game, and help the Chicago Bears help the ATC! And spread the word to all of your friends and family—time is running out!


Check Out Some Photos From The April 7 Giveaway!

(April 24, 2019) We have some photos of the April 7 Spring Giveaway as well as the preparation for the event the day before. Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or on the links immediately above to go directly to the specific group of photos! Enjoy!


The ATC and Antioch Pizza Team Up to Raise Some Dough!

Great Lakes Credit Union Donates $3,000 to the ATC

(April 18, 2019) The Great Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors Charity Program selected the Antioch Traveling Closet to be the recipient of a $3,000 donation. Lisa Fisher was on hand to accept the check at the Antioch branch of the Great Lakes Credit Union located at 351 East Rt. 173 on Friday, April 12. The ATC was one of several Antioch-area charities reviewed by the GLCU to see how each charity impacted the community.

Our sincere thanks go out to the Great Lakes Credit Union for helping the ATC achieve their goal of helping community residents in need.

 
(above) Left to right, Jody Larabee (VP, Member Services), Teresa Qualls (Antioch Branch Manager), the ATC’s Lisa Fisher, Kevin Leman (Board Member), Steve Bugg (President & CEO), and Kelsey Coonce (AVP, Branch Operations) are all happy participants in the check presentation ceremony held at the Great Lakes Credit Union, 351 East Rt. 173 in Antioch, on Friday, April 12. Fisher received an oversized check representing a $3,000 donation to the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC was chosen by Great Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors Charity Program to receive the generous donation.

Fore! Limerick Lounge Golf Event Donors Needed!


(April 8, 2019) The Limerick Lounge, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch is looking for area businesses and organizations to donate cash, gift certificates, goods, and/or services to be used for the raffle at their 2019 golf event, scheduled for Friday, June 21. The Antioch Traveling Closet will be the beneficiary of this year’s charity outing.

The event will be held at the Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wisconsin.

Click here to find out how to sign up for the event and/or how to become a contributing sponsor or contact the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization.


The 2019 Spring Giveaway: Another ATC Success!

(April 8, 2019) ATC’s Spring Giveaway Event held on Sunday at the Antioch Senior Center marks another success in the long line of successes for the organization dedicated to giving a hand to needy individuals and families.

Lisa Fisher, founder of the organization, said that almost 300 area residents attended the event, selecting clothes, shoes, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to get their Spring of to a fresh start. Also available were health screenings and haircuts.

We thank the following growing list of businesses and organizations who helped to make the event happen:

     Antioch
 Area Healthcare Accessibility 
Alliance (AAHAA),
     Antioch Elementary School,
     Antioch Junior Woman’s Club,
     Antioch Pizza,
     Trustee Jerry Johnson & The Lodge of Antioch,
     Copies & Prints Plus of Lake Geneva,
     Ellen Ipsen of the Ipsen Insurance Agency,
     Emily Pedersen,
     Emmons School,
     Gillespie Ford of Gurnee,
     GiveNkind,
     Grass Lake School,
     Great Lakes Credit Union,
     Heartland Bank and Trust,
     Heritage Dental,
     Hillcrest Elementary School,
     Limerick Lounge,
     Lions Club of Antioch,
     Lovin Oven,
     River Ridge Church of Wilmot, Wisconsin,
     Rotary Club of Antioch,
     St. Demetrios Philoptochos Ladies Society of Libertyville.

Finally, our thanks go to our many volunteers who work very hard before, during, and after each event, not to mention between each event to help us fulfill our mission of giving the needy a little boost that could make a very big difference!


The ATC Extends Thanks to a Number of Recent Donors

(April 3, 2019) Our thanks go out to the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations: Heartland Bank in Antioch (see photo below), St. Demetrios Philoptochos Ladies Society ($1,000), the Rotary Club of Antioch ($500), the Ipsen Insurance Agency ($250), and a donation made in memory of Joseph Dawe ($100).

(above) The Antioch branch of Heartland Bank held a month-long collection drive for the Antioch Traveling Closet during which time clothing, cleaning supplies, and more were donated by residents along with cash donations to be used for future ATC events.

It’s Your Chance to Help the ATC!

(April 2, 2019) The ATC is looking for schools, organizations, clubs, neighborhoods, and/or work places that would be interested in having a collection drive for us.

Collections could be of brand new socks, kid’s underwear, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and/or school supplies, and more.

Please contact Lisa Fisher (lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org) or fill out the “volunteer” information form if you would like more information.



The ATC Thanks Heartland Bank for Their Charity Bracket Buster!
Majestic Kids Top the ATC in Final Round


ATC Falls Short vs. Majestic Kids in Bracket Buster Finals, 50.3%-49.7%

(March 27, 2019) Heartland Bank announced the official results this morning of their 2019 Charity Bracket Buster. The Antioch Traveling Closet fell short by a narrow margin to their Final Round opponents, Majestic Kids of Shorewood. The final tally was 50.3%-49.7%.

The ATC regained a small lead early Tuesday but soon the pendulum swung the other way putting Majestic Kids back into the lead which it held for the remainder of the day. The ATC never trailed by more than a 51%-49% margin and made a brief attempt at a comeback during the final 30 minutes but efforts a resuscitating momentum fell short.

Everyone connected to the Antioch Traveling Closet congratulates Majestic Kids on their victory and thanks Heartland Bank for their invitation to participate in this year’s Charity Bracket Buster. Just wait’ll next year!


Limerick Lounge Announces 2019 Golf Event


(March 5, 2019) The Limerick Lounge, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch has announced details for their 2019 golf event, scheduled for Friday, June 21. The Antioch Traveling Closet has been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s charity outing.

Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wisconsin will be hosting this year’s play.

After checking in at the course, golfer will enjoy 18 holes of golf on a championship 
course followed by lunch, cocktails, and awards
 from the day’s play. Best of all, participants will be helping people from within
 the community.

The Limerick is still looking for sponsors for the event to donate cash, gift certificates, goods, and/or services. To find out more, click the link below and download the sponsor’s letter. The ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Click here to find out how to sign up for the event and/or how to become a contributing sponsor.


Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Honors Lisa Fisher

(March 4, 2019) The ATC’s founder, Lisa Fisher, was honored by the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition at their Spring Brunch Celebration held at Wedgewood at Midlane, Midlane Country Club, in Wadsworth, Illinois on Saturday, March 2. She was honored as a member of the Antioch Junior Women’s Club.

Fisher said, “Thank you very much Antioch Junior 
Women’s Club for honoring me as one of the 
Visionary Women in Lake County at the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Luncheon. I am 
humbled and honored to have been
 nominated by all you fabulous ladies.”

Way to go, Lisa! Lake County congratulates you on the well-deserved recognition!

(above) Lisa Fisher (center) poses with the certificate she received at the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Spring Brunch Celebration on Saturday, March 2.

  Click Here to See More About Lisa’s Award…  


GiveNkind Delivers a Message to the ATC: “Sock It To ‘Em!”

(February 13, 2019) The ATC was the beneficiary of a most generous donation from GiveNkind, an organization providing a personal connection between non-profit groups and individuals and businesses looking to re-purpose items so as to leave a positive mark on their local community.

The gift was 27 cartons of socks from Living Royal, socks, makers of some of the most unique socks to be found anywhere, or, as the company modestly puts it, “the coolest socks on planet Earth.”

To make a donation, to volunteer, or to find out more about GiveNkind‘s amazing growth and story, visit their website or send an email to contact@givenkind.org.

Emily Petway, founder and president of GiveNkind, delivers 27 cartons of Living Royal socks to the ATC to give to needy area residents at future events, no mean feet feat. Petway describes herself as an “in-kind donation traffic cop,” coordinating efforts amongst the donors and charitable organizations receiving the donations. She has a background in education as a teacher and education programs management. GiveNkind is a 501(c)(3) organization which received nearly a half-million dollars in donations in the fourth quarter of last year.

Lions Club of Antioch Donates to the ATC


(February 13, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to thank the Lions Club of Antioch for their kind donation of $500 which will go to assist the areas needy families and individual.


Lisa Fisher Appears on NBC News Make a Difference Segment!

(January 31, 2019) Lisa Fisher was a guest today on the local edition of NBC News Make a Difference segment hosted by Sabrina Santucci. The topic of discussion? Why, the Antioch Traveling Closet, of course!

Watch the segment below!


A Hair-“Razing” Event: St. Baldrick Returns!

(January 16, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to mention another worthwhile charity which returns to Antioch next month, St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” event. Individuals attending the event can volunteer to have their heads shaved by a team of hairdressers to show support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to raise awareness of the goal of curing childhood cancer.

  Read more about the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser…  


Hillcrest Elementary School’s ATC Gift

(January 6, 2019) Hillcrest Elementary 
School, 433 E. Depot St., held their Holiday Fest on December 1, 2018 (see post below). Today the ATC received a check in the amount of $1,510.00
 from the proceeds.

We would like to say 
a very special “Thank You” to Deb Gregory, Rachel 
Hewitt, and Jen Sherman for heading up the event 
and making the ATC the beneficiary. We
 appreciate all the hard work each of you and
 your volunteers did to make this a fantastic
 event!


ATC’s Donor List is Growing!

(December 29, 2018) The Antioch Traveling Closet continues to be blessed this year with donations and assistance from area businesses, organizations, and churches. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1400 N. O’Plaine Rd., in Libertyville has been kind enough to donate $180 to the ATC through their Annual Community Christmas Card program. More information about the program can be found through this link to the Church’s bulletin, The Arena.

Also, The Lodge of Antioch, 899 Main St., in Antioch will be hosting a fundraiser for the ATC on February 20, 2019 from 5:00-10:00pm. Visitors to the popular pub and eatery should mention that they are there for the Antioch Traveling Closet fundraiser. By doing so, The Lodge will donate 30% of the tab for food and drinks to the ATC!

As always, the Antioch Traveling Closet sincerely appreciates all of the support we receive from the community.


Larsen Electrical Technologies of Kenosha Makes a Large Donation

(December 26, 2018) Lisa Fisher has announced that Larsen Electrical Technologies, 4716 52nd Ave., in Kenosha has donated $6,000 to the Antioch Traveling Closet!

LETech, Inc. is a licensed electrical contractor in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois whose expertise includes residential and commercial installations utilizing a collective base of over one hundred years experience in the electrical industry. They have also been generous supporters of a number of charities including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Hillside Disabled Veteran’s Project, and Kiwanis International, to name just a few.

The Antioch Traveling Closet sincerely thanks Mr. Don Larsen, President of LETech, Inc., for his generous assistance in helping the ATC reach its goal of helping the area’s needy families.


Additional Video of the ATC Christmas Event

(December 26, 2018) Additional video has been submitted of the ATC Christmas Giveaway event held at the Antioch Senior Center on December 16th and can now be seen below along with the original videos further down this webpage.

It’s your chance to see the dramatic, historic footage of Santa Claus getting his blood pressure checked before his worldwide delivery tour!

The Antioch Traveling Closet wishes everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2019!


Local Businesses Continue Their Support for the ATC

(December 23, 2018) The ATC extends a belated thanks to two local businesses which recently made generous donations to us.

Merle Norman Cosmetics, 406 Lake St., in Antioch once again held their “Buy a Hat, Give a Hat” promotion wherein customers who purchased a winter knit hat also had one donated to the ATC. This year, Merle Norman Cosmetics was able to donate 100 hats during last week’s Christmas event to needy area residents.

Merle Norman Cosmetics scores a “hat trick” for the ATC with the “Buy a Hat, Give a Hat” promotion.

We’d also like to thank Heartland Bank & Trust, 485 Lake St., in Antioch for their donation of $500. Heartland is recognized as one of the strongest and most progressive banks in the area. They are a locally-owned community bank with roots here in the heartland.

Our appreciation also goes to A-Action Pest Control, 487 Orchard St. in Antioch for their donation of $300.

It’s through the support of area businesses and individuals that the Antioch Traveling Closet is able to adhere to our mission of making sure that no child, adult, or senior citizen is without basic items that the rest of us sometimes take for granted.


Check Out Two Videos From the Weekend ATC Christmas Event

(December 19, 2018) Below are two short videos of the weekend ATC Christmas Giveaway event held at the Antioch Senior Center.

  Click here to watch the videos and see the event photos…  


ATC Receives Grant from Walmart Giving

(December 12, 2018) Great news! Lisa Fisher announced today that the Antioch Traveling Closet has received a grant from @walmartgivng @walmarttoday #BetterTogether #WalmartGiving and #Walmart

This grant will help the ATC defray the costs that our organization incurs in serving our community. The Antioch Traveling Closet thanks all of those involved with Walmart Giving for making this a happy holiday!


“Toys for Tats” Helping Santa Make Children Happy!

  Read about the 2018 “Toys for Tats” Christmas Event…  


The Next ATC Giveaway Event Is December 16th!

(December 1, 2018) The Antioch Traveling Closet has announced we will be holding our next giveaway event on Sunday, December 16!


Lisa Fisher Interviewed on WGN Radio on Monday, December 3rd!


Santa is coming to the Hillcrest Elementary School to Help the ATC!


(November 30, 2018) Santa Claus will be making an early appearance this holiday season at the Hillcrest Elementary School on Saturday, December 1st from 
9:00am-1:00pm! He will be available for pictures with all girls and boys who have been good this year. There will also be a Secret 
Santa’s Workshop for your child to purchase gifts for others, along
 with a craft and vendor fair.

Some of the vendors at the fair will be: Lularoe, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Paparazzi, Agnes & Dora, Monat, Tastefully Simple, 
Rodan & Fields, Young Living, Perfectly Posh, Jazzercise, Younique, Color Street, Pampered Chef, 
Thirty-One, Scentsy, Usborne Books, B’BRI, 
SeneCence/LipSense, and Magnolia & Vine.

There will be holiday crafts, raffles, teacher gifts, jewelry, children’s accessories, quilts, soaps and lotions, wood and vinyl crafts, home décor, women’s clothing, and more! All proceeds from raffles are being donated to ATC!

Please come out and support the Hillcrest Elementary School and the Antioch Traveling Closet!

Hillcrest Elementary School
433 E. Depot St.
Antioch, IL


ATC Receives Donation from the Marty Family Charitable Fund

(November 22, 2018) Lisa Fisher has announced that the Marty Family Charitable Fund (a fund of American Endowment Foundation) has made a very generous donation of $10,000 to the Antioch Traveling Closet.

Everyone connected with the ATC wishes to thank all of those involved with the Marty Family Charitable Fund for making this a most memorable Thanksgiving holiday!


The ATC is in Good Hands with Allstate!


Thank you to Allstate volunteer Priscilla Callans for being a positive force for change in our community. She gave her time and enabled us to receive a Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant.

The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists, and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their communities.

— Lisa Fisher


On the lookout…

We’re currently on the lookout for donations to our December event! The items we need are:

  • brand-new kids underwear
  • baby wipes
  • gift cards and presents for kids ages newborn to 16
  • laundry soap (smaller bottles are best)
  • bathroom cleaner
  • household cleaner
  • brand new hats and gloves, sizes kids to adult
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • feminine products
  • deodorant for teens, men, and women
  • kids shampoo and body soap
  • adult shampoo and conditioner
  • bar and liquid soap
  • disposable razors
  • Q-tips
  • paper towels

If you know of any schools, scout troops, work places, and/or other organizations that would be willing to have a donation drive for us, please let us know. It would be greatly appreciated!

If you’d like to be a volunteer for the ATC’s December event, click here to send us your contact information!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Fisher at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org.

Thanks a lot and see you in December!


 


Lisa Fisher is thrilled to announce that Bombas, the maker of world-class socks, has donated 4,000 pairs of their socks to the ATC for distribution to Antioch’s needy residents!When the founders of Bombas heard that socks are the #1 most-requested clothing item at homeless shelters, they decided to do something about it. They founded their company on the principle that they will donate one pair of their socks to charitable organizations for each pair they sell. Once the word got out about the company’s goal and the quality of their merchandise, there was no turning back. As of this writing (9/2/18), Bombas has donated nearly 9,500,000 pairs of socks to the needy.The company’s name derives from the Latin word for “bumblebee.” As stated on the Bombas website:

“Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That’s why our mantra is ‘bee better.'”

All of us at the ATC sincerely thank Bombas for teaming with us as we both seek to fulfill our mutual goal of helping the needy—one pair of feet at a time.


Check Out Lisa Fisher and the ATC on Voyage Chicago!

An in-depth article featuring Lisa Fisher and the ATC story was published on the Voyage Chicago website on August 14th. The site publishes the most inspiring stories in the Chicagoland area. A number of photos seen for the first time appear on the webpage. Click here to read about the ATC!

Thanks for Dropping By, Antioch!

* * * August 11-12: Check out some photos! * * *
Click here for a direct link to the photos

ATC—A HELPING HAND

The Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP is a non-for profit organization founded by Antioch resident, Lisa Fisher, that helps local families in need of clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hair cuts, and schools supplies.

The Antioch Traveling Closet was formed in 2014 with a recruited handful of volunteers that has quickly grown to a widespread community effort supported through local businesses and caring residents.

The ATC Corp NFP is now a 501(c)(3) organization.


We Need Your Help!

For the past year we were fortunate enough to have our storage unit paid for by the Antioch Lions Club and the Antioch Firefighters Association. Click here to see the AFFA donation presentation photos.

Starting now, however, we’ll have to start paying the $160.00 monthly rental for our 10’x30′ storage unit through other donation sources. We need your help! If we continue to pay the monthly rental for the unit we will not be able to help families the way we want to.

Lisa Fisher sees the role of the ATC expanding in the future. She says her hope “is to find a location over the upcoming months that we can afford that will give us a place where we can collect donations, sort them, and have them on display. With a place like this, we can have more of these events or, in the event of an emergency, we can have volunteers go to that facility and begin immediately offering help right away.” This can’t be done without your help.

Please consider donating to keep the ATC alive and functioning. We appreciate all donations big and small! Donations are tax-deductible! PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted. The Antioch Traveling Closet is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Antioch Traveling Closet In the News!

Volunteers Needed for the Next Traveling Closet

If you can spare a few hours helping the ATC cause, we’ll find a way for you to help! Click here to fill out the volunteer contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.